• To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly.

  • To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly.

  • To quickly stop being involved with someone/something.

1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss looked disappointed when I started discussing it.

2. He dropped me like a hot potato when he found out I had been married before.

3. My best friend started dating this man but when she learned that he was broke she dropped him like a hot potato.

4. The lawyer dropped his clients like hot potatoes once he learned he was being investigated for wrongdoing.

 

abandon, back down, bail out, bow out, buckle under, capitulate, cave in, cease, cede, chicken out, cry uncle, desist, drop, fold, hand over, pull out, quit, resign, stop, surrender, throw in the towel, walk out on, wash one’s hands of, yield

A blacklist

A blacklist is a list of persons or organisations under suspicion, or considered untrustworthy or disloyal. A list of people who have been disapproved; to be boycotted or penalised. Those who are not to be hired, served, or otherwise accepted. 1. The restaurant has me...

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In the same boat

To be in the same boat as someone means being in the same situation; having the same problem. If people are in the same boat, they are in the same predicament or trouble. To be in the same unpleasant situation as other people. 1. A: Bobby, I'm short this month, do you...

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First things first

First things first means to do things in the proper order; do not skip things that you should do first. The most important task get priority. To focus on the appropriate order in which to do things. 1. Let's go to a jazz bar afterwards! But first things first, let's...

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